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  • Cath Cauc: US bishops’ silence on meeting w/ Pope could put their credibility on sex abuse at risk.

    09/18/2018 9:48:01 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 17, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    ANALYSIS ROME, September 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Have the jocular images and low-key statements of US Bishops following their meeting with Pope Francis last week set back their attempts to address the grave situation in the Church, especially the handling of sexual abuse cases by bishops? The details that have been revealed of the bishops’ meeting with Francis last Thursday give no indication that they addressed the extent of the McCarrick coverup or the need for an investigation into the troubling allegations against the Pope contained in Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s testimony.  Given Viganò’s widely accepted character and credibility,...
  • [Cath Cauc] ‘Credibility at the episcopal level is shot’: Canon lawyer on McCarrick scandal

    08/01/2018 9:00:06 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | July 30, 2018 | Doug Mainwaring
    “Who calls the fondling, groping, and sex with young seminarians and young priests ‘consensual sex between adults’?” asked a canon lawyer speaking out about the Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sex abuse scandal last week.   “These are our sons,” she exclaimed. “These are the young men in formation who we’ve encouraged to go to seminary,” she continued. “We as mothers, and family members, have raised our sons in the church and encouraged them to the priesthood.” Canon lawyer Marjorie Murphy Campbell spoke with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN’s The World Over about an open letter she penned to the United States Conference of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] How the Church Hoodwinked Its Anti-Abuse Experts

    07/30/2018 6:35:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | July 30, 2018 | Sohrab Ahmari
    In 2003, an American Catholic prelate shared his diagnosis of the roots of the Church’s abuse crisis with a group of lay experts. The problem, he said, traced back to the “psychological immaturity” of many young seminarians, which meant that they couldn’t cope with the rigors of priestly life and acted out sexually as a result. The solution, per this powerful churchman, was to institute better “psychological testing” to sift the wheat from the chaff among would-be priests. The expert group was known as the National Review Board, established by the U.S. bishops conference in 2002 when the crisis first...
  • [Catholic Caucus] McCarrick Is Gone, But This Is NOT Over By A Longshot

    07/29/2018 12:20:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Restore DC Catholicism | July 28, 208 | Restore DC Catholicism
    Today the USCCB announced that Cardinal McCarrick submitted to the pope his resignation from the College of Cardinals; the pope accepted that resignation and directed that the now ex-cardinal spend his life in prayer and penance in seclusion. While this news is welcome, it is not altogether unexpected.  When the story broke on June 20 that he had been removed from public ministry, I and others speculated that he might well be the designated "fall guy", taking "one for the team" and being handsomely rewarded for it.  They were perhaps hoping that after the removal, that the public's admittedly fickle...
  • [Cath Cauc] Set aside ideology. The US bishops are guilty of a collective failure

    07/28/2018 3:38:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | Articles by Christopher Altieri
    Rumours about McCarrick were widespread. Why did nobody act?Since the allegations against Theodore McCarrick began to emerge over a month ago, one senior US churchman after another has disowned knowledge of his behaviour – some more credibly than others. They should have known. They should have made it their business to know.The question we need to be asking, after McCarrick’s resignation today, is: why didn’t they know?Bishops must have heard rumours: after all, two New Jersey dioceses had reached settlements over McCarrick’s actions, and as more than one writer has noted, stories about the then-cardinal had a wide circulation. The...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Simony For Sodomy: A Primer

    07/28/2018 9:54:55 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | July 28, 2018 | Christopher Manion
    For years what was obvious to many was denied by prelates who knew the truth. How many? They know, we don’t. But we do know that they spent billions in secret settlements with victims of criminal homosexual child abuse. They paid those settlements with contributions from the faithful. At their 2002 meeting in Dallas, bishops were given the golden opportunity to have a cleansing truth-telling. During the proceedings, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Neb., offered a motion to investigate the causes of the sex abuse and cover-up scandals. Such an investigation would have quickly revealed the cause and effect —...
  • [Cath Cauc] U.S. Catholic Church sex abuses whistleblower Paul Likoudis, vindicated

    07/27/2018 6:26:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Wanderer via LifeSite News ^ | July 27, 2018 | REY FLORES
    July 27, 2018 (The Wanderer) – For years, the late Paul Likoudis, editor of the orthodox Catholic newspaper, The Wanderer, chronicled the role of homosexuality in the crimes committed by clerics. Long before the Boston Globe published its “exposé” in early 2002, Paul reported on one instance after another of abuse and cover-up in chanceries nationwide. For his yeoman efforts, he was ridiculed, hectored, threatened, bullied, and, above all, studiously ignored whenever possible by one guilty bishop after another.  When the Globe’s series appeared in January 2002, the bishops could no longer persist in their obstinate denial. But they immediately insisted...
  • Fiddling while America – and Rome – Burn?

    07/25/2018 7:19:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | July 25, 2018 | Robert Royal
    The famous political philosopher Leo Strauss is reported to have once said that modern political theorists are worse than the ancient Roman emperor Nero. Because contrary to the old saying, they know neither that they are fiddling nor that Rome is burning.The U.S. bishops held their annual June meeting in Fort Lauderdale a few weeks ago and, to judge from reports, largely spent their time together discussing current politics and changes to a voters’ guide for the Fall midterm elections.In Rome, just last week, Fr. Antonio Spadaro S.J., editor of the semi-official Vatican publication La Civiltà Cattolica, along with...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Open Letter to the USCCB Regarding the Cardinal McCarrick Scandal

    07/23/2018 7:02:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Christian Review ^ | July 23, 2018 | Marjorie Murphy Campbell
    Open Letter to the United States Conference of BishopsTo the Most Reverend Members of the USCCB,I am a concerned Catholic professional with degrees in both civil and canon law.  I am also a wife, a mother of three and a pro-life and anti-surrogacy activist. Consistent with the teachings of the Church, I have sponsored immigrants and assisted illegal entrants in attaining citizenship.  My husband and I are active parishioners in San Francisco, California and Park City, Utah.  We have raised our children in the Church and weathered with the Church the shocking exposure of suppressed incidents of sexual abuse against...
  • Bishops have been on a losing streak in U.S. political arena

    07/21/2018 8:01:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 20, 2018 | Christopher Manion
    America’s politicized Catholic bishops – and unfortunately, that means most of them – have had a pretty bad year. Their campaign demanding amnesty for illegal aliens and a wide-open border policy has been a flop. Consider: They opposed two immigration bills in Congress for not going far enough, but both failed for going too far. Some bishops are so frustrated that they lash out at politicians, even strong-pro-lifers who oppose Obama’s unconstitutional “Dreamers” amnesty. Amnesty is still the bishops’ prime mandate. But they have also suffered setbacks at the Supreme Court. First, the justices ruled that President Trump’s temporary ban...
  • [Catholic Caucus] US Bishops Blast Trump, Wimp Out on Abortion

    07/10/2018 12:50:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | July 10, 2018 | Jason Morgan
    Bishop Edward Weisenburger (right) would like to canonically punish those who advocate the prosecution of illegal immigrants. On June 13, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston and Houston and head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, read aloud a statement at the USCCB spring meeting in which he denounced the immigration policies of United States President Donald Trump and Attorney General of the United States Jeff Sessions. Cardinal DiNardo was particularly exercised by Trump’s and Sessions’ policy of refusing asylum to those fleeing gang violence, and of prosecuting everyone who illegally enters the United States, a practice which...
  • Catholic bishops rebuke Trump’s asylum changes, suggest ‘canonical penalties’

    06/14/2018 11:52:58 PM PDT · by Marchmain · 43 replies
    RNS Religious News Service ^ | June 13, 2018 | rns
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (RNS) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened its spring meeting this week with a stern reproach of the Trump administration’s latest immigration policies, with the group’s president suggesting the new rules on asylum are a “right to life” issue. Some bishops followed by urging protests, including “canonical penalties” for those who carry out the administration’s new rules. (cut) Cardinal proposed that a bishops be sent to the border to inspect the detention facilities where children are kept as a “sign of our pastoral concern and protest against the hardening of the American heart.” (continues)
  • [Cath Cauc] Weinandy: faithful must mount response to Church leadership's attack on her identity.

    02/28/2018 2:01:38 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    De Omnibus Dubitandum Est. ^ | February 28, 2018 | Mark Lambert
    Former Head of US Bishops Doctrine Committee: faithful must mount response to Church leadership's attack on her identity. Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy, a member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission and former chief of staff for the U.S. Bishops' committee on doctrine says the Church’s leadership is attacking her identity and calls on the faithful to mount a ‘robustly positive’ response. The thrust of Fr. Weinandy's landmark speech at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney, Australia, Feb. 24 was that, only when Catholics grasp that the Church’s unity, holiness, catholicity and apostolicity are under attack by the Church’s current...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Virginia Catholic Conference, Abortion, and the Tenth Amendment

    02/24/2018 5:18:48 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | February 24, 2018 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    Virginia Catholic Conference, Abortion, and the Tenth Amendment My pastor recently asked me if I would be the point of contact in the parish for the Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC) which is basically the Catholic lobby group for the two Virginia dioceses, Arlington and Richmond. I rarely say yes to anything without giving it serious consideration and research, so I've been examining the VCC website and looking at their 2018 legislative agenda. Not surprisingly, their agenda is filled with issues that are questions of prudential judgment (on things like immigration, gun control, consumer protection, etc.) rather than issues involving non-negotiable...
  • [Catholic Caucus] U.S. BISHOPS DECLARE ‘NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY FOR DREAMERS’

    02/23/2018 6:59:32 AM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 22, 2018 | Alexander Slavsky
    The U.S. bishops are proclaiming February 26, National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers, after legislation to protect dreamers failed to pass the Senate last week. A joint statement from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced Monday: "[W]e will be asking the faithful across the nation to call their Members of Congress next Monday, February 26, to protect Dreamers from deportation, to provide them a path to citizenship, and to avoid any damage to existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors in the process." The Senate failed on February 15 to pass a bipartisan measure that included a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Of Popes, Bishops, Priests – and the Bridge Too Far

    01/24/2018 6:58:30 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | January 24, 2018 | Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky
    Today, however, there seems to be an inversion of these priorities, resulting in significant distortions: The sequence is not priest, prophet, and king with the accent on service, but king, prophet, and priest with the accent on ecclesial authority, Christ being largely absent. The long history of papal triumphalism in the name of Christ came to a symbolic end with Paul VI’s retirement of the papal tiara (now on display at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.). Papal leadership in defense of Christendom also symbolically ended with Pope Paul’s return of the Turkish battle flag captured by Christians at...
  • [Cath Caucus] USCCB Lobbies Congress to Fund Agency Funding Planned Parenthood

    01/22/2018 5:43:46 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Lepanto Institute ^ | January 22, 2018 | Michael Hichborn
    US Bishop Conference Lobbies Congress to Fund Agency Funding Planned Parenthood The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have once again written to Congress requesting “robust funding” for two agencies deeply committed to the promotion and distribution of contraception, one of which provides millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood.In a 1 December 2017 joint letter to the director for the Office of Management and Budget, and copied to all members of Congress, Archbishop Broglio, the USCCB’s chairman for the Committee on International Justice and Peace, and Sean Callahan, the president of Catholic Relief Services, urged...
  • Life Marches On

    01/13/2018 7:11:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | January 13, 2018 | Christopher Manion
    As hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers prepare for the 45th Annual March for Life in Washington on January 19, America is benefiting from the best year since 1973 when it comes to policies affirming the value of life. President Trump has reaffirmed and broadened the Mexico City Policy established by Ronald Reagan. He has targeted Obama’s notorious HHS Mandate for extinction, halted United Nations abortion funding, and successfully named Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Despite these accomplishments, America’s Catholic bishops have found it difficult to praise President Trump. When forced to do so, their tone is begrudging and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] USCCB To Spearhead Meeting Of Katholyc Social Justice Warriors

    12/21/2017 8:45:54 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Restore DC Catholicism ^ | December 20, 2017 | Restore DC Catholicism
    USCCB To Spearhead Meeting Of Katholyc Social Justice Warriors In February 2018, the USCCB will be hosting the "2018 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering".  What will they be discussing?  How about the wanton slaughter of thousands of babies everyday via abortion?  That's going on 2 million babies in the US alone that have been murdered since 1973.  But no, that's not going to be mentioned at this "gathering".  How about the encroaching of gay sexual perversions in our culture as these people maul and mutilate anyone who dares to live by their Christian principles?  That too doesn't rate a blip on...
  • Michael Hichborn: CCHD Offered Me a Grant, Hoped I would Stop Investigating Other Grantees

    12/12/2017 2:37:04 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Lepanto Institue ^ | December 12, 2017 | Michael Hichborn
    Yesterday, someone forwarded to the Lepanto Institute an email from Ralph McCloud, the Executive Director for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  McCloud’s email was written to address recent concerns raised by the Lepanto Institute regarding CCHD grants.  You can read McCloud’s email here. In typical fashion, McCloud never actually addressed any specific concerns, but stressed the CCHD’s procedure for allegedly ensuring a high standard of accountability.  At the beginning of the letter, McCloud said the following:“In years past, CCHD staff met with Mr. Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute with no positive results.  Additionally, the CCHD Subcommittee asked that...